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22 Free Crochet Patterns for Cowls and Neck Warmers

These crochet cowl patterns are too stunning to pass up.

By: Julia Litz, Editor, FaveCrafts.com

Discover neck warmer patterns that will change your life come winter. These free crochet patterns for cowls are quick, easy, and oh so cozy!

Scarves are popular all year long: you can wear a light and lacy version in the summer or a bulky scarf in the winter. Lately, it seems that the most popular scarf trend is cowls.

Cowls are a shorter, circular version of the traditional scarf accessory. Find out how to make a crochet cowl. Free crochet patterns like these don't come along often, so you'll want to stock up!

Anyone can sport a cowl. Try new things and stretch your skills: these neck warmer patterns don't cost a dime. Find your next cowl and discover why you need to add one to your wardrobe!

We think you'll fall in love with these patterns because they're so practical. You can throw them on over your head and run out the door; no tying or folding required! Also, you can cover your mouth and chin, so you won't be as exposed to winter temperatures. While you're at it, add a hood to your cowl so you can keep your head warm. These crochet cowl patterns are too perfect to pass up.

Crochet Cowl Patterns

Fun and bright free crochet cowl patterns make the process of crocheting so much more fun and exciting. If you're new to crochet, a cowl is the perfect pattern to start with because they're so quick and easy. Many crochet cowls are worked flat in a rectangle and then connected. A dishcloth may be the perfect pattern for learning how to crochet, but a cowl is an ideal first project once you've mastered the basics.

  • Crimson Ridge Cowl

    You may have heard of patterns that involve crocheting through the back loop in half double crochet. In this pattern, you'll learn how to get a wonderful ribbing texture by crocheting through the back loop in single crochet.

  • Easy Striped Cowl

    Purple and gray go together beautifully, don't you think? It begins with foundation double crochet, and if you've never tried this method of starting a project before, this is a great pattern to learn.

  • Convertible Free Crochet Cowl Pattern

    One of our most popular crochet cowls on the site, this convertable pattern stacks enough that you can also wear it as a hood for extra warmth against the cold winter air.

  • Knit Look Cowl Crochet Pattern

    One of our editor's favorite patterns! Crochet in the back loop only with half double crochets for a fabulous, knit-look texture.

  • Bean Stitch Cowl Crochet Pattern

    Speaking of texture, say hello to this gorgeous cowl! Keep super cozy when you learn the bean stitch.

  • Crochet Cowl Hood

    This classy pattern looks like something out of an Audrey Hepburn movie. Pair with sunglasses on a bright winter day and your favorite pea coat.

  • Outlander Crochet Cowl Pattern

    It's no secret why we called this cowl "outlander". Imagine wearing this in the hills of Scotland! Venture into nature on a blustery day. Don't worry; you'll be plenty warm!

  • Sinfully Easy Cowl

    Color changing has never been easier! This pretty project looks like pebbles once you've finished working it up. It has a more relaxed fit as well, making it a great accessory rather than only a practical neckwarmer.

  • Rustic Beginner Fall Cowl

    Leather just adds the most wonderful detail to yarn projects, doesn't it? With this tutorial, learn how to add a hint of leather fringe for a rustic look. Pair with a plaid shirt, please!

  • Granny's Wave Cowl

    Embrace the fringe! If you are a fan of fringe, lean in and make this wavy pattern. Practice your ripple stitch game with this project.

  • Old School Americana Cowl

    This pretty project features basic stitches and color changing. It's a great option for beginners, and the button detail is just lovely!

  • One Skein Crochet Cowl

    Don't spend a fortune on your next project! Enjoy this pattern which uses just one skein of yarn and keep that neck warm.

  • Laura Gingham Cowl

    Isn't this project stunning? This is a good project for intermediate crocheters and is challenging but very fun. Just look at the finished results!

  • Candlelit Dinner Cowl

    Work up a cozy cowl in a flash with this pattern. Using a bulky yarn will help you whip up this pattern, and the color-changing yarn is simply lovely!

  • Orange Sorbet Cowl

    These pretty and lacy stitches make this a project that's well-suited to the in-between seasons like spring and fall, although if you live in a place where summers are cooler, this might be a great way to add just a little more warmth to your ensemble.

  • Flexi Cowl

    Find the prettiest yarn you can to make this project. You'll adore the variegated look and the fact that you can pull it up to cover your mouth and nose when the weather outside is frightful.

  • Cotton Candy Crochet Cowl

    This adorable call is so sweet and plush. Keep yourself warm in style with this easy pattern!

  • Kana the Wanderer's Cowl

    This rustic project is perfect for wandering around in the great outdoors when the air is crisp.

  • Concentric Cowl

    For fans of the granny stitch and fall colors, this free crochet cowl pattern is for you!

  • Curly Cute Cowl

    Aren't the curly fringes just the loveliest? The colors are so vibrant!

  • Crochet Samara Buttoned Cowl

    Add buttons for a wonderful finishing detail on your new rose-colored cowl.

  • Warm Winter Cowl Crochet Pattern

    This simple project is about to become your winter staple. It's so pretty and it has such great texture!

  • Lily Cowl Crochet Pattern

    If purple is your favorite color, the shades of lilac and periwinkle in this project are just to die for!

  • Harvest Bandana Cowl

    Love the look of that pointed center in your cowls? Make a triangle cowl like this one for fall.

  • Chelsea Cowl FREE Crochet Pattern

    Little eyelets add interest to this pretty project. A unique color stands out brightly against a neutral top!

  • Autumn Amore Cowl

    If monochrome is your middle name, you'll love this beautiful project!

Crochet Infinity Scarf Patterns

After beginning with smaller cowl patterns, move on to crochet infinity scarf patterns! Infinity scarves look like cowls but they wrap around two or three times, making them a bit bulkier. Infinity scarves have a fuller look in general than cowls do, and often an infinity scarf is worn to complete an outfit rather than keep the neck warm under a winter jacket. Save each pattern in this list and make them as gifts for loved ones or as a treat for yourself! Scarves really do help you get in a groove and get comfortable with crochet.

Which do you prefer: cowls or infinity scarves?

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